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Palin Calls Authors’ Claims on ‘60 Minutes’ “a Bunch of B.S.”

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican candidate for vice president, said statements made about her on the CBS program “60 Minutes” were “a bunch of B.S.”

Palin, in an appearance today on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” denied that as a candidate she didn’t know why North and South Korea are separate countries and was confused about why her soldier son was going to Iraq.

Palin spoke with host Bill O’Reilly a day after News Corp.’s Fox said she would join the channel as a commentator. They discussed statements made to “60 Minutes” by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, whose book “Game Change” chronicles the 2008 campaign. Palin was Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate.

“That is a lie,” Palin said of Heilemann’s assertion on the show that she didn’t understand Korea’s history.

Palin also denied that she was uncertain who her son was going to fight when he was shipped with his Army unit to Iraq.

“These are the political establishment reporters who love to gin up controversy and spin up gossip,” she said.

News Corp., controlled by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch, fell 63 cents to $13.45 today on the Nasdaq Stock Market. CBS Corp., controlled by Chairman Sumner Redstone, lost 53 cents to $13.56. Both media companies are based in New York.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael White in Los Angeles at mwhite8@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at apalazzo@bloomberg.net

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